Naturex focuses on clean label at IFT with launch of plant-based alternative to EDTA

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Naturex focuses on clean label at IFT with launch of plant-based alternative to EDTA

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Naturex is launching a natural alternative to EDTA suitable for lipid emulsions such as mayonnaise and salad dressings at the IFT show in Chicago next week to meet growing demand for clean label food preservatives.

XtraBlend RN – a blend of spinach and rosemary extracts - delivers similar oxidation management to EDTA but with a clean and clear label, claimed Naturex, which has been exploring the chelating and free radical scavenging properties of more than 400 botanicals.

A synthetic agent used in lipid emulsions to prevent the development of off-tastes and a deterioration in color, EDTA is on the ‘unacceptable ingredients’ list of several retailers and foodservice chains including Whole Foods, Panera, Kroger, Trader Joe's, Aldi (SimplyNature) and H-E-B Select Ingredients.

Catherine Bayard, category manager for Naturex​, said: “In light of the trend for clean labels, it has become clear that a rethink on EDTA is now needed. XtraBlend RN provides the perfect plant-based solution to this dilemma, delivering similar oxidation management to EDTA but with a clean and clear label.”

Visitors to the Naturex booth at #S2443​ will also be able to taste a Unicorn ice cream roll made with a blend of Vegebrite natural colors – Ice Blue and Beetroot – plus turmeric extract to create a 100% natural rainbow effect; and a Fire Roasted Pineapple & Jalapeño beverage formulated with light roasted pineapple and fire roasted jalapeño purees.

Kemin​will also be showcasing a plant-based EDTA alternative at the show called NaturFORT RSGT​ at the show next week at booth #S3055

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